Past Episodes: December 2011 Archives
Monday December 19, 2011
On Saturday morning, December 24, Jenny Howe will be guest-hosting Daybreak and presenting a reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Written in 1843, Charles Dickens wrote it very quickly once he was seized with the idea and completed the little book in just under six weeks. Just one week after its publication the Christmas Carol had sold an astounding 6000 copies.
Dickens' began presenting it in public readings all over Britain, Paris, and in the United States. He performed it professionally but in many instances, also read the story for charity. Charles Dickens got the idea for the story after visiting the northern industrial town of Manchester, England. He made a speech there about the necessity of educating very poor children.
While Dickens wrote the book because he himself needed the money, he was also responding to the notorious poverty of the "hungry forties," the 1840's.
And now, let's meet Ebeneezr Scrooge and enter his world, on Christmas Eve...
Tara Weber, anchor of CBC News Week-end debuting in March 2012, reads Stave Two
Mark Connolly & Portia Clark, from CBC News Edmonton, read Stave Three
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Friday December 16, 2011
December 17 & 18, 2011.
For two days, Russell brings you 8 authors and 8 books including Patrick DeWitt, Will Ferguson, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Lynn Coady and more.
Plus an amazing lineup of book prizes.
Listen in this week-end to find out to win the Grand Prize of Russell's Mini-Library of great books from 2011, including works from Daniel Francis, Irshad Manji, Chris Turner, Wendy McGrath, Lev Grossman, Stephen Bown, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Ron McLean, Elizabeth Hay and more.
Plus other book giveaways from Patrick DeWitt, Terry David Mulligan, Paul Henderson, Terry Fallis, Carol Shield Angie Abdou, Holger Peterson and more.
To win the Library or one of the individual books, just follow Russell on Twitter and tell him about a favourite book read of your's from 2011.
For more author interviews from 2011, click here.
It's not something they planned but Russell Bowers and author Will Ferguson have sitting down for a chat every year at Christmas for the last three years. The occasion of their most recent conversation was centered on Will's new book, Canadian Pie, a collection of stories and essays on the identity of Canada and the people who have shaped that identity for Will.
From a family of 7 kids, Ian Ferguson emerged from the wilds of Fort Vermillion, Alberta to become one of Canada's best humour writers. In fact the Ferguson home must have been a wealth of creativity and Canadiana because along with his brother Will Ferguson, they have written together and invidually on the various aspects of this country's identity. Their collaboration on How To Be Canadian won the 2002 Leacock Medal for Humour. Ian's own book, Village of the Small Houses also won a Leacock Medal in 2004. This past September, the city of Wetaskiwin chose the book for their One City, One Book project. Ian spoke with Russell about small town life and big city television.
In 2011, Patrick Dewitt was nominated for The Giller Prize and the Man Booker however he won the Governor-General's Award for Literary Fiction, all for his book, The Sisters Brothers. A tale set in "The Old West" of DeWitt's imagination, it told the story of Eli & Charlie Sisters and their journey to commit one last murder. After a heady year of book promotion and award feting, Patrick DeWitt capped off 2011 in a prison, reading to inmates. Patrick visited with Russell Bowers to talk about that experience and how he almost wound up back in construction.
Another celebrated author from 2011 is Lynn Coady. Her book, The Antogonist, was also a Giller Prize finalist. In fact, as she revealed to Russell, 2011 was an entire year new things and firsts. Her first Giller nomination, the first issue of her magazine 18 Bridges, and a new marriage.
Imagine the story of a man-eating tiger, wounded, unable to hunt, robbed of his kill by the same man who shot him. Now - the tiger is out for revenge. While it may seem like a story from someone with a great imagination - it is in fact a true story. John Vaillant is the author of The Tiger: A true story of vengeance and survival, and it's been selected as one of the Canada Reads books for 2012. John sat down with the Daybreak's Nola Keeler to talk about writing, tigers, and the battle of fiction versus non-fiction.
Edmonton holds the dubious distinction of being the murder capital of Canada right now as the capital city recorded its 45th homicide of the year on December 14. So perhaps it is fitting that Edmonton is the setting for the latest murder mystery by author Janice MacDonald. Hang Down Your Head is the fourth in the Randy Craig mystery series and Daybreak's Nola Keeler sat down with Edmonton's murder queen to talk about her latest novel.
It's story of a man, his relationship, his family and his game. You Could Believe In Nothing is the debut novel from Jamie Fitzpatrick. Jamie is a broadcaster in Newfoundland as well as an avid hockey fan and blogger, however, bringing out his first work of fiction was a long time coming. The book is set in St. John's and reveals a complex millstone of secrets amid the familiar. Jamie spoke with Russell from the Daybreak St. John's studio.
During 2011, the environment once again found the headlines with things like the Keystone XL Pipeline inflaming passions both for and against the project. The fact that Western Society needs energy sources to maintain our way of life is not up for debate. However, what we use for those energy sources is where so much of the debate seems to lose focus. Author and journalist Chris Turner has offered some options for a way forward and, he believes, a path to a new energy economy. His book, The Leap outlines what he says is a How To on Surviving and Thriving in the sustainable economy. Chris Turner joined Russell in the Daybreak studio.
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Thursday December 15, 2011
Here are a few author interviews from Daybreak 2011 that were worth repeating here on our website. Enjoy!
Robert Kroetsch Remembered - June 26
It was news that came like sudden thunder when it was announced that acclaimed Canadian author Robert Kroetsch died in a car accident on June 22. Alberta RCMP reported the 83-year-old was killed in a crash that happened at a rural intersection southeast of Edmonton near Leduc. Police say five other people were injured in the crash.
Kroetsch was best known for his novel, The Studhorse Man, a fanciful tale of an Alberta man travelling the countryside with his stud horse, which won a Governor General's award in 1969. The book details the often fantastical adventures of wily Hazard Lepage and his quest to preserve the bloodline of his rare blue stallion.
The book was part tall tale and part mythical journey set in barns, beer halls and bathtubs and helped move Prairie Fiction resolutely away from the dour realism of a previous generation of writers. Kroetsch's other books included 1973's Gone Indian and 1975's Badlands. He published nine books of fiction, 14 books of poetry and seven non-fiction works. Kroetsch was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 2004 and earlier in 2011, he received the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award. This past May, his book of poetry, Too Bad: Sketches Toward a Self-Portrait was nominated for the Alberta's Readers Choice Award.
Russell pieced together a tribute for Robert Kroetsch featuring, Sid Marty, the accomplished poet and songwriter, plus highlights from a 2008 appearance on Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel. It started with a 1989 interview on Morningside with Peter Gzowski.
Dave Bidini - November 25
Author and musician Dave Bidini, explores the life of Gordon Lightfoot through a series of letters written to the Canadian icon. Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, the Music, and the World in 1972 is set in the halcyon days of Canadian folk music as Bidini writes letters to Lightfoot asking about his life and career.
Another of Dave's books, On a Cold Road has just come back in to the literary spotlight as it is contention for CBC's Canada Reads 2012. Dave Bidini sat down with Russell Bowers to talk about both books and his own music career stretching back to his acclaimed band The Rheostatics and songs like The Ballad of Wendel Clark.
Elizabeth Hay - May 8
Elizabeth Hay's 2011 release was Alone in the Classroom, a follow-up to the award-winning and highly acclaimed Late Nights on Air. This new book is initially set in a 1930's classroom and the narrator, Anne, pieces together her aunt's life as a teacher, the attachment she had with a particular student, and the obsession with the school principle. Alone in the Classroom was hailed as Hay's "most intense and seductive novel yet." Russell spoke with Elizabeth after her appearance at WordFest 2011.
Allan Fotheringham - November 13
For nearly six decades, he's been writing about Canada's political landscape, it's achievements and it's foibles. It's perhaps in chronicling the memorable mistakes of politicians where he's made a name for himself by bringing a sense of humour to his work on the back page of MacLean's magazine. Allan Fotheringham has managed to keep the political class on it's toes by cutting with a smile. Along the way, he's also made an indelible stamp on television as a long-time panelist on Front Page Challenge. His ninth book is called Boy From Nowhere and it's account of his writing life and travels to 91 countries.
Brian Brennan - September 17
It's a big decision to pick up stakes and move to a new country. The bravery of youth helps and for writer Brian Brennan, the adventurous nature of his early 20's took him from eastern Canada as a roving musician to northern B.C. as a fledgling reporter. He eventually settled in Alberta and established a distinguished career at the Calgary Herald writing about music and theatre. He also penned a column saluting ordinary Albertans who had recently passed. After years of writing about other people, Brian Brennan finally authored a book about a subject he should know best, himself - and Leaving Dublin is the result. Before chatting, Russell listened to a little artifact from Brian's music career.
Holger Peterson - November 19
Holger Peterson has been the host of Saturday Night Blues for 25 years playing the best in blues and roots music. In his Order of Canada award winning career, he's racked up over 2000 interviews with some of the greatest names in Blues. He's also the head of his own record label, the Alberta-based, Stony Plain Records. Holger Peterson has a new book of interviews called Talking Music. He talked about the book with Russell at The Blues Can music club in Calgary.
Ron MacLean - November 5
He's one of this country's most recognizable faces and voices and each week, during the Fall and Winter, he guides Canadians from one hockey game to the next. Add to that, his duties keeping of the Canada's biggest personalities under some level of control. Ron MacLean recounts his 30+ years in broadcasting and hockey in his new book, Cornered. Co-Written with Alberta author, Kirstie McLellan Day, Ron looks back on his Alberta roots, growing up in Red Deer where he was a referee for local hockey and starting his career in broadcasting.
Julie Sedivy - March 9
It's no surprise that advertising is everywhere these days in our media, on transit, and even on the products themselves. It's in less obvious places too, like the movies we watch and in political messages. The authors of a new book take a look at the language of advertising and the impact it's having on our culture and politics. Julie Sedivy and Greg Carlson co-wrote Sold on Language and it takes a look at how advertisers talk to us. Julie Sedivy teaches linguistics and was an associate professor at Brown University and is now an adjunct associate at the University of Calgary and she joined Russell on Daybreak to talk about the new volume.
Alexis Kienlen - November 19
Alexis Kienlen is a busy woman who makes her living entirely from writing in part with her day job as the Agriculture Reporter for Alberta Farmer magazine. However, the rest of her day is spent writing writing poetry. Alexis has just released her second book of poems called 13, published by Frontenac House. Alexis Kienlen joined Russell Bowers in the Daybreak studio with a reading from 13, a poem called love for the freaks.
David Adams Richards - June 25
With his latest novel, David Adams Richards brings the reader inside the world of a complex of a First Nations Band. Incidents in the Life of Marcus Paul is a gripping tale of death and injustice - and of the frailty of the human condition. The central tale concerns Hector Penniac, who has a new job on a cargo ship but he's found dead and the signs point to his neighbour, Roger Savage. David Adams Richards was also the author of the Giller Prize winning book, Mercy Among the Children, which was called a masterpiece by the Washington Post. The Globe & Mail said this new book is another leap into "the realm of greatness." Here's a conversation between David and Daybreak's Russell Bowers.
Terry David Mulligan - October 22
So, when you've been a mountie, an actor, a broadcaster, musician, family man and traveller... how do you sum it all up in one book? That was the challenge for Terry David Mulligan who's managed to do it in his new memoir, Mulligan's Stew, My Life... So Far. In the book, the former host of shows like Zig Zag and Good Rockin' Tonite recounts a life in the media and the friendships he's forged in that time.
Micheal Coren - May 12
It take a confident person to insist when they are right but could an entire Faith be right? That's the argument put forward by Michael Coren in his latest book, Why Catholics Are Right. The columnist for the Sun newspaper chain and SUN News Network lays out his argument in five areas ranging from history to marriage. Michael Coren came by the Daybreak studio to share his ideas with Russell.
James Hollis - September 10
So, when it comes to relationships, do you find yourself asking questions, like Why do I search for love in all the wrong places? Did I marry my ideal mate, or someone who's a substitute for someone else? The desire for a fulfilling and lasting relationship is common to all of us. For some, that search is successful while others continue to choose the wrong people to partner with. What could we learn about ourselves to make better choices?
James Hollis is a world renowned author and expert on the writings of Carl Jung. The turn of the century philosopher, introduced the idea that the inherent needs of a human being are beyond the structures of our society. Hollis' book, The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other looks at the role our unconscious plays in selecting a partner in life. James Hollis spoke with Russell about his relationship philosophies.
Stevie Cameron - October 23
Stevie Cameron is one of Canada's leading investigative journalists and she has won acclaim, and a few barbs for her book, On the Take, about corruption in the Brian Mulroney administration. Her latest book is her most personal to date. On the Farm is about Robert William Pickton and the tragic story of Vancouver's missing women. Stevie Cameron spoke with Russell about what the book cost her.[ccType=audioclip id=2177210783]
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